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Real Engagements {Atlanta}: Roshal & Zwade’s Sexy City Photo Shoot! – Blackbride.com

Can you imagine being steps away from your soul mate and not knowing it? Sometimes the love of your life can be closer than you think. For Roshal and Zwade, although they both attended Emory University at the same time, it took a mutual friend’s matchmaking to bring these two love birds together. Now after almost four years of dating, this lovely couple is excited about saying their vows in front of their family and friends. Check out this intimate, modern and chic engagement shoot captured by Nadia D. Photography.

Bride: Roshal Leigh Erskine, 29, Attorney

Groom’s full name: Zwade Jabari Marshall, 29, Physician

Engagement shoot location : Atlanta, GA

Wedding date: 12/ 8/12

How they met (from the bride-to-be): “In the summer of 2008, Zwade’s friend Colin (best man) was his house guest for a few months while he completed his medical rotations in Atlanta. I went to college with Colin but we fell out of touch over the years and we coincidentally ran into each other at Lenox Mall in Atlanta. I had dinner with Colin and he said that the more I spoke, the more he thought of Zwade. Colin subsequently brokered an introduction between Zwade and I and a fast friendship ensued. It seemed impossible at the time that I had never met Zwade. I was attending Emory Law School and Zwade was attending Emory Medical School, yet our paths never crossed. It took a chance meeting with an old friend to bring us together. ”

The engagement story: “I had been trying to convince Zwade for weeks to take me to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for the Christmas light show and he finally got off work early enough to take me one evening. As we strolled through the gardens, I was obviously in blissful heaven soaking in the sounds and sights of the festive atmosphere. Apparently, in that moment, the entire proposal idea came together in his head… private patio in the gardens, violins, champagne, family and close friends. He called the director of the gardens the following morning and she was thrilled to make it all happen for him within 3 days. The next call was to my mom in Jamaica to get her on a flight to Atlanta for the proposal pronto. The day of the proposal, he told me that he had enjoyed the gardens so much that he invited his family to go see it too and we were going to meet them there and have dinner afterwards. When we entered the private area, the violin/cello music immediately enveloped the area. All of a sudden, friends and family started appearing, and I started crying. He got down on one knee and I said “Yes!” And after we hugged and kissed, I turned around to greet our family and friends and saw my mom!!! Needless to say, that sparked a lot more tears. I was so happy. Words can hardly express just how much. ”

From the bride: “We wanted to personalize our ceremony as much as possible, and so we have decided to write our own vows. I hope that I can express the depth of my love for Zwade, and I know that he wants to do the same for me.”

Wedding Details:

Wedding location: Half Moon Resort– Montego Bay, Jamaica
Wedding theme/inspiration: Caribbean Chic

Vendors: Photographer: Nadia D. Photography
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